Which organizations have released treatment guidelines for acute otitis media (AOM)?

Updated: Sep 25, 2019
  • Author: John D Donaldson, MD, FRCSC, FACS; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Guidelines for the diagnosis and management of AOM have been issued by the following organizations:

  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
  • University of Michigan Health System (UMHS)

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released revised clinical practice guidelines for the diagnosis and management of uncomplicated AOM in children aged 6 months through 12 years in 2013. [38, 39]  The updated recommendations, intended as a clinical decision-making framework for primary care physicians (PCPs), provide more rigorous diagnostic criteria intended to decrease unnecessary antibiotic use, as well as address therapeutic options, analgesia, prevention, and appropriate selection of antibiotics. They also discuss recurrent AOM, which was not covered in the previous guideline (2004). [38, 39]

The University of Michigan Health System published an update to its 2007 guidelines in 2013. A minor revision was released in 2014 to include information from the AAP that appeared after the publication of the guidelines. [40]

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